Sea Eagles powerbrokers and Hasler have a ”handshake” agreement after the deal was tabled this week. The parties will meet again tomorrow to finalise the terms and an official announcement is expected early next week.
Given that Hasler is already contracted for next season, the two-time premiership-winning coach will effectively be locked in until the end of 2015, becoming the club’s longest-serving coach.
The development effectively ends the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs’ attempts to poach Hasler. The Bulldogs had offered him $750,000 a season, preferably as soon as next year.
However, that was never likely to happen given Hasler’s public pledge after last Sunday’s grand final triumph that: ”I’ll be at Manly next year”, and confirmation from Sea Eagles chairman Scott Penn that the 50-year-old activated an option in his contract to stay at Brookvale for next season.
The Bulldogs are now likely to appoint Jim Dymock as coach.